What is Rum?

In order to understand the topic of bartending with rum, it’s essential to understand the spirit itself. Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts such as molasses and sugarcane juice. During the distillation process, the fermented liquid is heated to a vapor state, cooled, and then condensed into a liquid again. The resulting liquid is then aged in wooden barrels, which gives it its distinct color and flavor. Rum has a long history and can be found in many tropical and subtropical climates. It is one of the most popular spirits in the world and is widely used in creative cocktails, punches and other drinks.

History of Rum

Rum has a long history, stretching back to the 1600s when it was first distilled in the Caribbean. It was initially used as a trade item between Britain and its colonies. The drink spread quickly and soon found its way to the rest of the world. With the ongoing popularity of sugarcane and its byproducts, the production of rum has become increasingly industrialized. It is now produced in many countries around the world, from Venezuela to Guatemala and from India to Africa.

Types of Rum

The two main types of rum are light and dark. Light rum (also known as white or silver rum) is aged for a short duration, giving it a light straw-yellow color and a lighter flavor. Dark rum takes longer to age, making it much darker in color and more flavorful. It often has notes of brown sugar, toffee, and spice. The third and least common type is spiced rum, which has spices added to it during the aging process. This can include flavors such as cinnamon, vanilla, and allspice.

Common Uses of Rum

One of the most common uses of rum is in mixed drinks, as it is a great base for cocktails. Popular mixed drinks include mojitos, daiquiris, rum and Cokes, and piña coladas. Rum is also widely used in punches, such as Caribbean classics like planter’s punch and fog-cutters. It can even be used in food recipes, such as rum cake, rum balls, and rum glazed hams.

Process of Pouring Rum

Pouring out rum requires more skill and attention than with other spirits. When pouring any spirit into a glass, the bartenders must consider speed, control, and quantity. With rum, it is even more important to make sure the amount is perfect and the glass is adequately lined. A good bartender will make sure that the correct amount of rum is poured carefully, to prevent any waste.

Steps for Pouring Rum

  1. Start by gathering the necessary materials. You will need a bottle of rum, a jigger or measuring glass, a stirrer, and a clean glass.

  2. Measure out the desired amount of rum or adjust the pourer to the correct pour speed.

  3. Carefully pour the rum into the glass, making sure not to spill or overflow.

  4. Give the garnish a stir, if necessary.

  5. Serve cold or warm, depending on the recipe.

Tips for Bartending with Rum

Although bartending with any spirit requires skill and know-how, there are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to rum in particular.

  1. Always use freshly opened bottles of rum for the best flavor.

  2. Use flavored syrup or simple syrup to sweeten rum-based cocktails.

  3. The optimal temperature for serving rum is between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. Opt for aged rum for mixing drinks and unaged rum for shots.

  5. Choose your mixers and garnishes carefully.

With its long and storied history, it’s no wonder that rum is one of the most popular spirits in the world. As bartending with rum requires skill and knowledge, it is important to pay attention to the size and speed of your pour, and to choose the right mixers and garnishes. Whether you are pouring a classic rum and Coke or crafting a creative cocktail, taking the time to master the craft of bartending with rum will help you create delicious drinks your guests will enjoy.